BUDGET REPLY: LABOR CALLS FOR A JOINT NSW- FEDERAL WESTERN SYDNEY AIRPORT COORDINATION AUTHORITY

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A Foley Labor Government has called for the creation of a joint Commonwealth-New South Wales Western Sydney Airport Co-ordination Authority to coordinate land use and surface infrastructure, essential to the development of the Western Sydney Airport.

Opposition Leader Luke Foley has used his Budget Reply speech to call for the joint venture which will focus on essential connections such as electricity, water and sewerage for the airport’s surrounding employment zones.

The Western Sydney Airport will be the single greatest contributor to jobs growth in the region which needs to grow half a million new, additional jobs between now and 2040.

Labor supports building a rail connection from day one so people can get where they’re going and avoid congestion on the roads.

A fuel pipeline corridor- similar to the underground pipeline from Kurnell to Sydney Airport-also needs to be reserved and construction of it accelerated as the current plan to supply jet fuel by road will not be sustainable.

Labor’s priority is to invest in transport improvements for Western Sydney and we will commit to also fast-tracking the Western Metro rail project between Parramatta and Sydney CBD.

Quotes attributable to Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Proper planning and co-ordination between governments, including local government, is required now to create jobs and attract business investment to the Western Sydney airport region.

“The right priority is investing in transport improvements for Western Sydney which is expected to grow to 3 million people in just over a decade.

Quotes attributable to Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Michael Daley

“Haphazard planning in NSW has led to several major projects like the WestConnex and the Sydney Light Rail by billions of dollars and becoming a debacle. We cannot allow this to happen with Sydney’s second airport.

“A co-ordination authority, informed by the experts and working with the private sector to design and co-ordinate this once-in-a-generation project is essential.”